TSA To Allow Pocket Knives in Carry-ons

“TSA will allow some pocket knives in carry-ons.” Now that interesting statement has been circling the Internet the last day or so. Starting on April 25, 2013, people may carry small pocket knives in their carry-ons when travelling through United States airports.

So what kind of knives are we talking here? Well, all blades have to measure less than 2.36 inches long and less than 0.5 inches in width at their widest points. Additionally, these knives cannot be of the locking or fixed-blade variety—think Swiss Army knife. Leave those box cutters, molded handled knives and locking blades at home because those are still on the banned list. Check out the below table to see what kind of knives will be permitted.

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John Pistole, a TSA admin, announced the change in police at a recent aviation conference.

“Through TSA’s layered approach to security, and to align more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization standards, effective April 25, 2013 TSA will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less in length and are less than 1/2 inch in width, novelty-sized and toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs as part of their carry-on baggage. This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives,” reads the TSA website.

Still not sure what you can carry? Check out the small knives guidelines illustration. Unfortunately, our knives aren’t quite small enough to sneak into your luggage, so remember to leave these tactical knives at home or pack them in  your checked bags.


Check out the full rundown here.

What do you think of the change? More importantly, will you carry a pocket knife onboard after April 25, 2013?

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